Is my home unsafe if it contains lead-based paint?
Approximately three-quarters of the nation’s housing built before 1978 contains some lead-based paint. This paint, if properly managed and maintained, poses little risk.
Does this rule increase my liability for future lead poisoning on my property?
In some cases, disclosure may actually reduce the owner’s liability since occupants may be able to prevent exposure from the beginning. Under
Am I required to give the EPA pamphlet "Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home" to existing tenants?
No, but when tenants renew their leases, you must give them the pamphlet and any available reports. In other words, y
Are mortgage lenders liable under these rules if the seller or lessor fails to disclose?
Under the disclosure regulation, the rule does not identify mortgage lenders as liable parties. This rule does not affect other state
As a purchaser, am I required to conduct and finance an inspection?
No. The EPA and HUD Real Estate Notification and Disclosure Rule simply ensures that you have the opportunity to test for lead before purchase.
As a seller and lessor, what if I'm selling target housing?
Property owners who sell target housing must:
Disclose all known lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards in the housing and any available reports on lead
As an agent what are my responsibilities?
Agents must ensure that:
Sellers and landlords are made aware of their obligations under this rule;
Sellers and landlords disclose the proper information to lessors, buyers, and
Can the inspection/risk assessment period for testing a house for lead be waived?
Yes. The inspection or risk assessment period can be lengthened, shortened, or waived by mutual written consent between the purchaser and th
If I am renting, do I have the same opportunity to test for lead?
Under the law, the 10-day inspection period is limited to sales transactions, but nothing prevents the renter from negotiating with the lessor to allow time
How does the EPA and HUD Real Estate Notification and Disclosure Rule apply to housing common areas such as stairwells, lobbies, and laundry rooms?
Common areas are those areas in multifamily housing structures that are use
Must I check my house for lead prior to sale?
No. The rule does not require that a seller conduct or finance an inspection or risk assessment. The seller, however, is required to provide the buyer a 10-day period to test f
Must lead-based paint inspectors be certified?
Yes, lead-based paint inspectors must be certified by EPA or the EPA authorized program in the jurisdiction(s) in which they provide lead-based paint inspection services
What if a seller or lessor fails to comply with these regulations?
A seller, lessor, or agent who fails to give the proper information can be sued for triple the amount of damages. In addition, they may be subject to civil
Is the seller required to remove any lead-based paint that is discovered during an inspection?
No. Nothing in the rule requires a building owner to remove lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards discovered during an i
What if the buyers/renters don't speak English?
In cases where the buyer or renter signed a purchase or lease agreement in a language other than English, the rule requires that the disclosure language be provided in the al